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The people, places, events and latest research of Canada’s subarctic and Arctic regions, one of the fastest-changing environments on Earth

Disappointment River

Writer Brian Castner retraced Alexander Mackenzie's epic 1789 expedition for his new book Disappointment River. (Cover image courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada; author photo courtesy author)

Disappointment River
In this exclusive excerpt from his new book Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, author Brian Castner recounts a part of his 2016 journey retracing Alexander Mackenzie's 1789 expedition of the Mackenzie River 
A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut

A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut. (Photo courtesy Brynn Devine)

Photo courtesy Brynn Devine
Using cameras baited with squid, researchers were able to gather information about these ancient Arctic fish without taking any out of the water 
A retrogressive thaw slump on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island

As Arctic permafrost thaws, it is changing the landscape of the far north, as seen in this photo depicting a retrogressive thaw slump on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island. But as new research is finding, that's not the only danger that could arise from thawing permafrost. (Photo: Sandra Angers-Blondin/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Sandra Angers-Blondin/Can Geo Photo Club
Arctic permafrost is thawing. What does that mean for the North — and the rest of us? 
A polar bear on Mitivik Island

A polar bear, its paws covered in eider egg yolk, on Mitivik Island, Nunavut. Mitivik is home to Canada's largest eider colony, but climate change has introduced a powerful threat: hungry polar bears. (Photo: Evan Richardson)

Photo: Evan Richardson
How the drama of climate change is playing out on a small island in Hudson Bay
A polar bear wades in the Arctic as snow falls

While global polar bear numbers are currently stable, polar bear range states such as Canada must monitor and talk openly about the biggest threats to their long-term survival, according to a WWF report. (Photo: Nate Small/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Nate Small/Can Geo Photo Club
New report from the WWF calls for increased international cooperation on polar bear conservation
RCGS Fellows

RCGS Fellows Russell Clark (pictured) and Trisha Stovel recently launched Beneath BC, an online project aimed at making underwater B.C., and eventually all of Canada, better known to Canadians. Read on to see what a few of the Society’s other Fellows are working on this year. (Photo: Russell Clark)

(Photo: Russel Clarke)
From documenting rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia to sonar-scanning B.C. waters for steam-era shipwrecks, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018

The team behind the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Project celebrates winning the $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize at a ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday. (Photo: Arctic Inspiration Prize)

Seven other projects also share the more than $2.4 million in prize money awarded at Ottawa event
Lonnie Dupre points to Mount Steele

Lonnie Dupre points toward the summit of Mount Steele on January 18, the day he and climbing partner Pascale Marceau began their expedition. The duo were forced to abandon their drive for the summit due to problems with their sleeping bags. (Photo courtesy Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau)

Photo courtesy Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau
Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau return from Mount Steele after "gear snafu"

Clockwise from left: A map of the region covered by the Joint Arctic Weather Station in Eureka; an inset showing Eureka; Galen Olsen, a JAWS station staffer, outside Eureka International Airport in the mid-1950s. (Map: Joint Arctic Weather Stations. Eureka, Canada. Edition 1, 1970, Surveys and Mapping Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Library and Archives Canada, e011196844; Photo: Courtesy of John Gilbert)

How the Joint Arctic Weather Stations program did more than just fill in a blank on the nation’s weather map
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